Rose Balston

Rose is an art historian, lecturer, guide and TV presenter and is the founding director of Art History UK. 

Rose founded Art History UK in 2009. After receiving her MA in History of Art at Edinburgh University, Rose followed her passion for Diego Velasquez to Spain where she learnt to speak the language in order to research his work more closely. She then moved to Italy, spending four years tutoring and guiding students through some of the world’s greatest treasures.

In 2009 London’s epic art collections and cultural heritage lured Rose back to her home country where she founded Art History UK. As well as guiding extensively, Rose lectures for the V&A, has commentated for  BBC Breakfast, Sky News and Al-Jazeera English, and has written for the Mail on Sunday, London Calling and The Resident magazine. In March 2013 Rose was nominated Condé Nast Traveller London Art Expert. 

Rose has recently co-presented ‘Fake! The Great Masterpiece Challenge’ alongside Giles Coren. This will be aired in January 2017 on Sky Arts. Further details can be found here. 

Alongside running Art History UK, Rose spends part of her year in Dubai where she delivers lectures, tours and courses across the Gulf to corporate and networking groups and other private clients, including Young Presidents Organisation, and The World. Please see for more details. 

Follow the link below for a short film of Rose discussing Velazquez and other works in London's National Gallery. 

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